One of the best parts for me about going to school on the East Coast is being relatively close to New York City. I go often but usually alone. This time, one of my good friends came along for the ride.
It was refreshing to see NYC through someone else’s eyes and going to places that I had never chosen to stop by at. This post is a recount of my weekend adventure via my iPhone and Instagram (@cryspark). If you’re a foodie like me, find tons of recommendations below!
Our first night in we both craved ramen. We happened to be in the East Village and had never been to Momofuku Noodle Bar, so we stopped in. I know people rave about the pork belly buns, but we decided on the chicken meatball (my friend doesn’t eat red meat), and it was amazing too! Super tender and a great appetizer.
My reason for coming to NYC was to look at this Bernini sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for my art history class assignment. The Met is a must-stop for me, and I always find myself at the Japanese tea bowls on the second floor.
The next morning we had to prime for the day with coffee. I recommend Ost Cafe for Instagram-worthy décor.
Before going for a nice morning walk on the High Line, we stopped by David’s Tea in the West Village. It’s my favorite tea shop, because literally every single employee I’ve ever interacted with has been nothing but enthusiastic and warm.
We decided to go gallery hopping in Chelsea. Then we made our way to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, which I had never been to. It’s actually a beautiful museum with an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces.
For lunch we stopped at Kimchi Grill, which is within walking distance of the museum. It’s a tasty fusion of Mexican and Korean food, albeit a little expensive compared to similar options in Southern California.
And since it was so warm, we had to get ice cream for dessert. My friend raved about Blue Marble for organic ice cream, which is also close to the museum, so we stopped there. I got their sweet corn flavor.
On our last day, I had to stop by my favorite smoothie bar: Liquiteria. I highly recommend their Blueberry Velvet for a super healthy antixodiant-packed flavor.
We walked around Soho doing some shopping after and went to The Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side for a quick lunch before leaving NYC. The biscuits and gravy are part of their brunch menu and were hearty and delicious.
Where in NYC do you like to stop by for a quick bite to eat?